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that was headed for lib non, which they say could have been an attempted transfer weapons to hezbollah. group that the united states government consider aster rorrist organization. theoretically, missileles would give hezbollah ability to shoot down israeli jets and helicopters and drones. syria on the other hand claims the israelis hit some kind of military research lab. so far the israelis haven't said a thing as is par for the course. i'm ran is in the mix here. syria and iran are close allies. last week, they said any attack on syria is an attack on them. with that the fox correspondent john hunt is here. if someone moving the missiles why now? >> given israel threat to act if the weapons were moved in past weeks and months it's unlikely the decision was taken lightly. according to experts like andrew taylor in the washington institute it may be a sign that the syrian regime and the allies are becoming increasingly concerned that the rebels might be able to overrun those facilities and get the hands on those weapons. listen. >> it could very well be they did not want weapons to fall in ha
on the bad guys so to speak trying to take over. the iranians trying to getn. hezbollah wonts to have their share. >> warner: intelligence minister says that israel and its allies are most concerned that if assad goes down, he may transfer some of syria's chemical arsenal to his ally hezbollah in lebanon. >> i don't want to go into them. one is that they move it to lebanon and to hezbollah and syria and then to lebanon. >> warner: the militant group hezbollah syria's proxy in neighboring lebanon fought israel to a surprising draw in 2006. it is now believed to have missiles including some supplied by syria that could strike tel aviv. that city has come under such fire before. and israelis are prepared. every apartment and every house in this middle class neighborhood contains a safe room where the family can take refuge in the case of attack. that's been required of every dwelling built here in the last 20 years, ever since saddam hussein aimed missiles at israel during the first gulf war. this man owns a company called i am protected. he installs, upgrades and retrofits residential s
for lebanon. now russia, the arab league, and hezbollah are all condemning the action. >>> and the new chairman of the senate foreign relations committee pays back $60,000 to a donor for airplane rides. and that donor is under investigation by the fbi. much more on a stranger sorry surrounding senator bob menen z menendez. good morning from washington. it's thursday, january 31st, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. now less than 30 minutes away from the start of chuck hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense. we'll take you there live for his opening statement, along with what's expected to be some tough questioning from some big-name republicans. let's get right to my first read of the morning. let's start with the hagel confirmation grilling. could be the most contentious nomination hear of the president's second term and frankly, of any of the president's cabinet picks over the two terms. hagel's chances do look better today than at any point since his name was first floated. that said, he still has very little margin for error. senators
a potential of what was already a horrible, horrible situation if iran and syria, hezbollah, if they were to retaliate against israel, that would dramatically escalate what is already going on. >> reporter: certainly. very dangerous to make a prediction in this part of the world and given what is happening inside syria, particularly damascus on their back foot and perhaps prone to irrational responses. as we're seeing at the moment, most observers think that an overretaliation is unlikely. of course syria, its military heavily stretched by this civil war. particularly given how israel now denying any real involvement. hezbollah and a very delicate balance here. of course their military allied to the assad regime but they have a very cautious political role to play here. they don't want to get into a lengthy military issue with the israelis and, of course, iran. certainly leadership driven by division. many not quite sure what they could do. concerns about some sort of covert retaliation, how ever that may play out. people are waiting to see if this is vague and at times in the past 24 hou
. they were transporting surface to air missile to the ally, hezbollah. we are hearing from iran and it issues a vague threat to retaliate over this attack. here to walk us through, i want you to talk to me about iran, lebanon, the relationship between the countries and who has the most to gain and lose. >> happy to talk. first, listen to what the un secretary has to say. they say at this time he doesn't have details of the reported incident and not in a position to verify what happened. that's part of the problem. we don't know what happened here. we know there was an israeli strike. the syrians are saying it was corrected at the research facility that everybody knows is just along damascus here. everybody knows that it was also storage depot for weapons. beyond that, if they were bound for hezbollah, they came from iran. the iranian arms, were they owned by hezbollah and scored in syria? we don't know. that's one factor that has got to be considered here. in any event the israelis don't want them in possession of the more advanced surface to air missiles that can threaten air action by the i
, and by the way i have said on the record many times that hezbollah and hamas are terrorist groups, and i have said many times on the record that iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. i am committed to that. , for my last minute, with regard to afghanistan, we have heard your views, and you did not give a specific statement about how many, but will you in your capacity advises the president bush be drawing down trips sooner rather than later? >> i think he has made that pretty clear, that he wants to do that, and if i am confirmed, i will need to better understand all the dimensions of this. i do not know all those dimensions. i think there is little question -- and i support completely -- where the president wants to go completely in afghanistan, and his commitment to on wind that war. as we have said, there should be, there will be. he noted he will enforce a new policy, a new relationship based on limited objectives for our troops there, and i support that. >> my last question, that i will submit, obviously, the personnel of military is our most important asset, and when we hear reports the
hamas and hezbollah. senator hagel has been an outspoken supporter of nuclear disarmament and global 0 movement. we are very sensitive to that. the president has said many times that he wants a nuclear- free world, and i know that senator hagel is right there with him, but and a time when north korea's belligerent actions threaten our allies with nuclear capabilities, and the security of our own nation and that of our allies, why would we want to unilaterally disarm ourselves of nuclear capability? agelate, however, senator heg has expressed views in meetings with senate colleagues and i have been informed that they are glaringly at odds with long-held positions, but italy regarding israel, iran, and our nuclear -- particularly regarding israel, iran, and our nuclear arsenal. this willingness to walk back his positions, possibly for the sake of political expediency on input and issues, is deeply troubling, and sends a concerning message to our allies and adversaries alike. though i respect senator hagel, his record demonstrates that he would be a staunch advocate for the continuation o
that they were after some russian weapons that were advanced weapons that were heading to hezbollah and lebanon. what is your basic information? >> i think israel has legitimate security concerns that when there is the tumult you see and you already have seen syria could be part of assad's strategy to run things over the borders that, when you begin to see materials move, that could move from syria into lebanon and potentially into hezbollah's control, whether they're chemical or even well targeted rockets, various things, i think israel many consultation with the russians and the americans, had decide thad something was moving. you and i don't know what the content was. i was impressed with israel's willingness to consult with russians and the americans in this before they took their strike, so i believe that they have had a sense that something very nasty was being moved. >> is this a proxy against iran, and is this any kind of signal also since the weapons were possibly headed to hezbollah at least according to a lot of sources. is this also letting iran know, you know, that -- >> of course.
. surface-to-air missiles from syria to t hezbollah fighters in lebanon. world leaders have long feared that the chaos of the syrian civil war would lead to transfer of weapons to extremist groups. syria denied weapons and claimed that israeli jets attacked a military facility outside damascus. syria's ally iran said there would be repercussions for israel. russia called the strike unjustified attack. >> translator: this is a serious breach. this is unacceptable action against >> reporter: the white house has not publicly commented on the attack but the pentagon officials tell fox news the u.s. was given a heads up from israel. despite the saber rattling, so far, syria and the allies only issued threats. with the own civil war raging, it's not clear whether syria is if a position to respond with any real force. but launching an attack on israel could be used by assad to prop up his own crumbling regime. bret? >> bret: conor powell, thanks. iran says it's planning to speed up the effort to enrich uranium that could be used for nuclear bomb. they informeed the-up atom olympic agency it wi
the air strike destroyed a military resource cent center. hezbollah condemn it is attack and the u.s. classfies hezbollah as a terrorist group. >>> new this morning. the u.s. navy is planning to take apart a ship stranded on a coral reef. the u.s.s. guardian mine sweeper ran ground earlier this month in a marine park in the sea off the philippine coast. the ship was supposed to be lifted off of the reef but the navy now says that the ship is a complete loss and trying to move it would be too much damage or do too much damage to the coral reef. it is expected to take over a month to take that ship apart. >>> storm 4 meteorologist tom kierein joins us now with a look at this windy day we have out there. >> it has been busy last couple of days. we had weird weather. remember on monday morning, we had icing and then tuesday and wednesday we had it in the 70s. now today we have overnight flooding from heavy rain. strong, gusty winds turning coder. feeling like january again. up and down we go. it is a roller coaster ride. we had some photos sent in by viewers of the flood thing morning.
was transferring them to hezbollah, and that would have taken away israel's freedom to operate in the skies of lebanon. reportedly another attack by israel yesterday against a weapons development plant northwest of damascus, which apparently was for a long time been on israel's attack list. it's where syria is believed to be developing non-conventional weapon. israel is ready for an attack, syria and hezbollah have been threatening in the past that they would attack if they were attacked by israeli war planes. iran also in the equation, but for the time being, calm in israel. martin fletcher, nbc news, tel aviv. >>> the chinese government says it had nothing to do with attacks on computers tess "new york times." the times claims that chinese hackers stole employees passwords. the newspaper newspaper says it was in retaliation for an investigative article on the chinese prime minister. security experts say hackers left behind a digital footprint. the sec sneak was similar to one used in the attack by the chinese on the u.s. military. the times says it has hired a company to prevent cyberatta
a look at the map there, just a reminder, lebanon is the home of hezbollah, a terrorist organization supported by iran. also supported by iran is the assad government of syria. now iran's deputy foreign minister is quoted saying today, israel's airstrike inside syria will have significant implications for tel aviv. no specifics of course. with us, michael singh, managing director of the washington institute for near east policy and former director of national security affairs. michael as we mentioned developments in the last 24, 48 hours. how do you see the scenario playing out? what are you watching for next? >> hi, jenna. israel hasn't confirmed doing anything. to the extent israel did something we're not exactly sure what it did. it appears israel destroyed some sophisticated weaponry going from syria to hezbollah and probably originated with iran. that is tends to be how the supply chain works. important to remember this sort of action by israel when it undertakes it is not unprecedented. it is intended to sort of prevent a bigger and bloodier conflict down the road by keeping so
to hezbollah in lebanon. sara sidener joins us as well as fran townsend from new york. we have reports from the united states and reports from syria. is this the same or separate attacks? >> reporter: that's the thing that needed to be sorted today. we have heard from a u.s. official indeed there was just one attack. they say israeli planes did fly over and ended up hitting an area. the question is -- what is the difference? was it a convoy that was hit that had pieces and parts of missiles or was it this research facility that syria says the israelis hit that was damaged? there is confusion over what was hit or perhaps if it was one and the same incident. what we know from senior intelligence officials who have now left the intelligence agencies here in israel and we have talked to a few of them is that this particular research facility has been a facility that they know has been part of a chain of facilities that syria runs that have been trying to create unconventional weaponry. we are talking chemical weapons. however we are told this particular facility didn't have chemical weapons in
of your votes, refusing to sign a letter to the e.u. asking hezbollah to be designated a terrorist organization, being one of 22 to vote to designate the iranian revolutionary guard a terrorist organization, being one of two on two occasions to vote against sanctions that this body was trying to impose on iran, the statements you made about palestinians and about the jewish lobby, all that together. that the image you created is one of sending the worst possible signal to our enemies and friends at one of the most critical times in world history? >> no, i would not agree with that. because i have taken actions and made statements very clear as to what i believe hezbollah and hamas are as a terrorist organizations. >> if you had a chance tomorrow, today, after lunch, to vote to say that the iranian revolutionary guard was a terrorist organization. would you still vote no? >> the reason i voted no to start with... >> well i know why, you told me that. my question is would you reconsider and would you vote yes this time? or would you still vote no? >> times change. i recognize that an
to the e.u. asking hezbollah to be designated a terrorist organization, being one of 22 to vote to designate the iranian revolutionary guard a terrorist organization, being one of two on two occasions to vote against sanctions that this body was trying to impose on iran, the statements you made about palestinians and about the jewish lobby, all that together. that the image you created is one of sending the worst possible signal to our enemies and friends at one of the most critical times in world history? >> no, i would not agree with that. because i have taken actions and made statements very clear as to what i believe hezbollah and hamas are as a terrorist organizations. >> if you had a chance tomorrow, today, after lunch, to vote to say that the iranian revolutionary guard was a terrorist organization. would you still vote no? >> the reason i voted no to start with... >> well i know why, you told me that. my question is would you reconsider and would you vote yes this time? or would you still vote no? >> times change. i recognize that and, yes, i would reconsider. >> well, t
haguele is going to testify that the militant group hezbollah is a terrorist organization and that military options are on the table for iran. it's not earth-shattering, except when you compare it to what he's already said. chuck hagel's past is about to come roaring back at him. >> good morning, guys, how are you. >> reporter: how he's voted, what he said. >> he has insisted that the israelis negotiate with hamas, a terrorist organization. >> reporter: so one of the first questions could be, will you support israel? recently hagel promised he would, unequivocably saying his record's been distorted but he'll have to explain what he said before his nomination. >> mike referenced to a quote "jewish lobby" which i don't believe exists. >> reporter: senator also demand to know what hagel meant and why he refused to sign a letter designating hezbollah a terrorist organization. >> i cannot support a nominee for defense secretary who thinks we should be tougher on israel and more lenient on iran. >> reporter: which brings up another question. can you be tough on iran? senators ar
. but thank you. i'm on the record many times designating and saying that hezbollah and hamas are terrorist organizations. saying iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. i have always said i'm a supporter of israel. and some cases, i have said i'm a strong supporter of israel. i have never voted in -- against israel ever in the 12 years i was in the senate. >> committee deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> the surge assisted in the objective but if we review the record a little bit. >> will you please answer the question? were you correct or incorrect -- >> hagel has spent last few weeks meeting one on one with senators and jewish groups to win them over on these exact issues. he is already working out of the pentagon office and will be tasked with winding down the war in afghanistan, emerging threat of iran, somalia and changing u.s. mission after two wars. we start with ernesto lunduno. ernesto, overall, how
what they were say sophisticated surface-to-air missiles bound for the terror group hezbollah in lebanon. remember a few days ago a top iranian official said any attack on syria would be deemed an attack on iran. boy, this one could get very tense. we're watching it closely. kt will join us on that one. bill: a little bit under the radar so to speak. we'll see what happens next. we're getting going. minutes from now the confirmation hearing for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel starts in washington. first we will talk with someone doing the questioning. oklahoma senator jim inhofe will join us. is happy with hagel? you will hear from him. martha: just hours after a report that the economy actually shrunk for the first time in years this quarter, the white house says it knows why this happened. wait until you hear who they are blaming. bill: there is outrage in the city of chicago. gun violence claiming the life of a promising teenager just back from the inauguration in washington, d.c.. >> worry about where she is going. i know who has her. i just miss her. my heart, it is
to designate hezbollah and other iranian groups as terrorist organizations. these are all things that put him in contrast with the current administration's policies. so i think the line of questions on iran from the left and the right are warranted. >> he said in that 112-page questionnaire, and i quote, smart,s unprecedented, and effective sanctions against the iranian regime. he would continue to implement and he supports what congress and the obama administration have adopted in recent years. >> that is a new position and that's the right position to take. but it flies in the face of a number of votes. it was really rich to suggest all of this time we've been taking him out of context and using one vote or one quote when it's been a record and pattern of votes and quotes that lead people to believe this. there's no reason for republicans to want to read this into chuck hagel. they're reading it in because it exists. >> you said yesterday you weren't concerned about his positions on israel so much or his positions on lgbt -- >> no, his positions i am. his personality traits, his prejudices,
strong position, iran, hamas, hezbollah, terrorists. that is why "the washington post" described your views near the fringe of the senate. that raises questions about you suitability to serve as the secretary of defense. in my view, having a secretary of defense who is not viewed as supporting credible strong military action makes it more likely that the united states will be drawn into military conflict. i think that would be an unfortunate outcome. thank you. >> thank you, senator cruz. that ends the second round. if you want an opportunity to comment on that, if not i will ask you other questions. in reaction to one of the things that you said, it doesn't matter what i believe -- it does matter. i think what you were pointing out that unfortunately, is what the president believes. i think that is what you were aiming at. >> that is exactly what i was aiming at and that is what i meant to say. thank you. >> i'm going to ask you the standard questions that i've delayed and these are just questions that we ask of every nominee. would you adhere the applications in regard to conflicts
to hezbollah militants. the concern, that would allow the militant to shoot down israeli airplanes. syria said the israeli air strikes hit a military research facility. >>> "the new york times" now revealing for the last four months its computer system has been attacked by chinese hackers. "the times" says the hackers probably got in with passwords for the reporters and other employees. the attack started after publishing a story about relatives of china's prime minister amazing billions of dollars through business dealings. "the times" says it's been able to build up the security system to keep the hackers out. >>> the border patrol often arrests people for drugs. this time it was for ipads. a border agent at a checkpoint in riverside county, checked a car when the driver and passengers looked nervous. 29 ipads were found in the trunk. all had markings from a school recently burglarized. the school got their ipads back. the suspects were arrested. >>> salvador core says "legislating for the right of people of the same-sex to marry is like legalizing male breast- feeding." he urged british sit
into lebanon to go to hezbollah, the shiite militant group. now, obviously syria shares a border with israel. it has very serious concerns about the security situation inside syria, particularly because syria has a significant stock of chemical weapons. at this stage no one is expecting the syrians to launch a retaliatory attack but certainly this raises very real concerns about the possibility that syria's civil war is spilling across its borders. >> thank you clarissa ward. >>> time to show you morning's headlines from around the globe. "the new york times" says it was an emotional affair parents of victims of the sandy hook school shooting were among those testifying, many in the room called for stricter gun control. >>> "the tennesseean" says prostate cancer treatments can feel worse than the disease. research by vanderbilt university found men experienced widespread complications after undergoing surgery or radiation therapy. the study notes not all prostate cancer requires aggressive treatment. >>> "usa today" says the fda is cracking down down on fake flu product
heavy weapons out of syria into lebanon to go to hezbollah, the shiite militant group. now, obviously syria share as border with israel. it has very serious concerns about the security situation inside syria particularly because syria has a significant stock of chemical weapons. at this stage no one expecting syria to launch a retall ta torre torrey attack but serious concerns that their civil war is spilling across its borders. >> thank you, clarissa ward. >>> time now to show you some of the headlines from around the globe. the new york times says last night's hearing on gun control in newtown, connecticut, was an emotional affair. hundreds of people attended. parents of victims of the sandy hook school shooting testified. many of them in the room called for stricter control. >>> the tennessean says prostate cancer can find worse diseases. the study notes not all prostate cancer requires aggressive treatment. >>> saus today says the fda is cracking down on fake flu products. the products claim to treat, prevent, or shorten the length of the flu. the fda has already won one kpep whic
to hezbollah in lebanon. it is not certain if the u.s. and syrian accounts of the attack refer to the same or maybe separate incidents. >>> new jersey senator robert menendez is denying allegations that he traveled to know a friend's private plane to have sex with prostitutes. he issued a statement wednesday saying that it was simply not true. soledad. >> lots of other things to talk about this morning as we focus on this showdown in the senate. this is going to be very interesting, as this hearing for chuck hagel gets under way. there was early resistance, obviously, and after that there are many people who still predicted in spite of the noisy resistance it might go forward. i think they have been starting to back away from that. i think it will be tougher -- >> i think senator mccain will be one of the toughest asking the questions but i think ultimately we'll see him get through. >> why do you say that? do you think that's the case? in the beginning everyone was saying that. he's got issues on the left, issues on the right but ultimately he'll get through. >> i have no idea if he'll ge
intelligence official tells cnn, the lebanese group, hezbollah, likely wants to get its hands on syrian weapons in order to attack israel. >>> domestically on wall street, the dow could not break the 14,000 barrier today while the dow, nasdaq, and the s&p 500 remain near all-time highs, all three closed down after the federal reserve's latest report on the u.s. economy. the fed says the economy actually shrank in the fourth quarter of 2012, breaking the country's string of slow, but steady recovery from the recession. and a very scary story out of alabama still developing this evening. a man is holding a 6-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker. he took the boy after shooting and killing a school bus driver late yesterday. authorities continue negotiating with the hostage taker. let's get the latest from our george howell, who is in midland city, alabama, this evening. george, what's the latest? >> reporter: kate, you know, just a few minutes ago, we heard from authorities here, they held a press conference and number one, they said that they still believe that this young boy, this 6-yea
force or hezbollah. we have a fundamental interest in helping the states of that area govern stably. and in the real world as it is today, happily, our values are generally embraced. and so that kind of government requires not using f-16s against your people, not, you know, machine gunning them to death, allowing elections to proceed in an open and honest way. this is not simply a question of we think everyone should be like us. this is a question of whether you want states to be stable in the world or whether you wallet the world to be a chaotic -- you want the world to be a chaotic hotwed of opportunities for our -- hotbed of opportunities. >> okay. can we take another question? yes, sir. [inaudible] >> congressman jo bonner, wanted to ask about the intelligence aspect and the brand nomination, how those two things may relate whether or not, you know, shifting from looking at state-based collecting and analysis as opposed to just looking so much more at not state actors, terrorist groups, things like that. >> will you repeat the question and answer it? >> the question is about int
to sign a letter asking the european union to labor hezbollah -- to label hezbollah as a terror group, even though it is so designated by the united states state department. he is the same person who urged president bush to offer iran -- quote -- "direct, uncondition l, and comprehensive talks." close quote. he's the same person who called for establishing a united states diplomatic mission in tehran. he's the same person who dismissed -- quote -- "a military strike against iran as -- quote -- "not a viecialtion feasible, responsible option." he's the same person who suggested that the united states might be able to live with a nuclear iran. during his years in this chamber, senator hagel's opposition to iran's sanctions placed him in a very, very small minority. for example, only one other senator had joined him in voting against sanctions in 2001 and only one other senate banking committee member ginned hi joind him i voting against a different package. senator hagel has no credibility on perhaps the biggest foreign policy challenge facing the obama administration's second term and
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